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Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world. Their triumphs, along with their failures. Their lessons, along with their leadership. And their determination to follow their dreams. Listen in each week as we talk to women in fashion, coaching, corporate, legal and so much more.

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Jan 7, 2019

Marcia ButlerMarcia Butler

Marcia Butler has had a number of creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times has hailed her as a “first rate artist.” During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras – including pianist Andre Watts, and composer/pianist Keith Jarrett. Her interior designs projects have been published in numerous shelter magazines and range up and down the East coast, from NYC to Boston, to Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will release in Spring 2019. 

Marcia’s nationally acclaimed memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017.” She was chosen as 2017 notable debut author in 35 OVER 35. Her writing has been published in Literary Hub, PANK Magazine, Psychology Today, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, Bio-Stories and others. Marcia was a 2015 recipient of a Writer-in-Residence through Aspen Words and the Catto Shaw Foundation. Her debut novel, Pickle's Progress, will be released on April 9, 2019 from Central Avenue Publishing. She lives in New York City.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Interior designer to author- how a workshop with Ivy helped her verbalize her real goal
  • Her background as a musician and how it’s shaped all of her creative experiences
  • Writing a memoir and selling it to a publisher in two months
  • Learning to supplement her income
  • Why she isn’t attached to ‘things’
  • Why music saved her life
  • The freedom that comes with writing and the lens through which writers write
  • Why your writing is like an UFO after it’s out of your hands and what it really feels like
  • What she is fearful could go away at any moment
  • The difficult piece of music she performed, the composer and what that moment taught her